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Eagles Enter Sunday’s Match-up Against Raiders With Questions To Answer

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:14:42 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles will be without Michael Vick this weekend, which leads to the first question surrounding the team, who is the quarterback going forward? Nick Foles will get another chance to prove his worth, but he will likely be outshone by Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor who is turning into one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL. Neither team has high hopes this season, but the Raiders have wrecked some sports betting lines in the past, and could do so again if they are undervalued.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders

O.co Coliseum – Oakland, CA

Odds: Raiders -2.5

What To Watch For From The Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have really struggled with inconsistency this season as one week they contended with the Denver Broncos, but then last week almost lost to the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers. Pryor’s absence from the team was likely the reason for some inconsistency, but with him penciled in as the starter going forward this team could continue turning some heads. Although scoring an average of just 18 points per game, the Raiders’ defense has picked up the slack and is limiting opponents to an average of just 21 points per game, hence their 3-4 record to date. Pryor however has performed better as of late, and given the struggles of the Eagles’ defense, I expect him to have a career day both on the ground and through the air.

What To Watch For From The Philadelphia Eagles

Much of the focus in this game will be on how Foles performs in his second, and possibly last start of the season. Foles has the chance to earn the starting quarterback job going forward, but his performance of 11-29 and 80 passing yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 didn’t impress anyone, and he must drastically improve upon that this week. Foles will luckily have the help of running back LeSean McCoy who at one point was leading the NFL in rushing, and has another 25 receptions and 284 yards through the air. As mentioned above the Eagles’ defense is nothing spectacular, and quite honestly could be one of the worst units in the league. Although a weak secondary has held them back this year, it will be their lack of a solid run defense that will cost them this week.

Outlook

If the Eagles were at full-strength this game would likely be going in a different direction, but given how badly Foles struggled against a mediocre Cowboys defense it is hard to have much faith in him. Instead I think Pryor will be the shining player of the game as he is too dynamic for the Eagles to stop, and the Raiders defense should render Foles relatively useless.

Pick: Raiders

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